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Attitudes of emergency care staff towards young people who self-harm: A scoping review

Attitudes of emergency care staff towards young people who self-harm: A scoping review

Cleaver, Karen ORCID: 0000-0001-5303-1036 (2013) Attitudes of emergency care staff towards young people who self-harm: A scoping review. International Emergency Nursing, 22 (1). pp. 52-61. ISSN 1755-599X (doi:

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Aim: To determine whether reported attitudes towards patients who attend A&E following self-harm extend to young people. Background: Historically A&E staff have displayed negative attitudes towards patients who self-harm, although more recent research suggests that attitudes have shifted. There is retrospective evidence of low satisfaction with A&E services by individuals who self-harmed as adolescents, with comparatively little research which has specifically examined attitudes towards adolescent self-harm available. Method: A scoping review of papers published from 2000 to 2012 was undertaken, papers accessed through the following databases, British Nursing Index, CINAHL, Medline, Psychology and Behavioural Science Collection, and PsychINFO. Hawker et al.’s (2002) methodology for critical appraisal was adopted. Results: Eleven papers derived from nine studies were located; three studies adopted qualitative meth- ods, two mixed methods; the remainder were quantitative adopting a survey approach to measure atti- tudes. The studies revealed inconsistent findings, although the setting, patients’ characteristics and education and training all appear to have a bearing on attitudes towards young people who self-harm. Conclusion: Further research is required which considers attitudes of emergency care practitioners within the context of emergency care work, and which investigates whether being a young person per se has an influence on attitudes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescence, Young people, Self-harm, Attempted suicide, Attitudes, Emergency care, Accident and emergency
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Family Care & Mental Health
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Health & Society Research Group
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